Greg Minnaar is a South African World Champion mountain bike racer competing in downhill cycling.
His passion for sport and wildlife conservation caught the eye of the Princess Charlene of Monaco Foundation South Africa, and Greg was appointed as one of the Foundation’s ambassadors in 2022.
Also known as the GOAT, Greg was first noticed as a world-class downhill racer at 17 while racing select World Cups. At 19, Greg also rode for the Global Racing Team and won the overall World Cup Points Series in the Elite Downhill. Some of his other notable achievements and career highlights
Greg switches to Team Haro Lee Dungarees and becomes World Champion of Downhill at 21 while racing for the team.
Greg is offered a spot on Team G Cross Honda. He accepts and stays for four years, winning his second World Cup Points Series Overall Victory in 2005.
The season ends on a bittersweet note with a dislocated and fractured shoulder early in his winning World Championship final run. However, Greg got back on the bike to salvage a painful fourth-place finish.
Greg is forced to switch teams when Honda pulls out of the sport, and he chooses the Santa Cruz Syndicate team alongside team members Steve Peat, Nathan Rennie, and Josh Bryceland.
Greg is appointed as a member of the inaugural Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI) Athletes’ Commission.
Greg ‘The GOAT’ has spent over two decades at the top of his game. He has won the UCI Downhill World Championship four times (2003, 2012, 2013, and 2021), finished second four times (2004, 2006, 2009, and 2015), and taken the bronze three times (2001, 2005 and 2010). Currently, he is the most prolific winner among male professional downhill mountain bike racers, with 23 World Cup career victories.